News on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006


  1. Norway ratifies ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    10 February 2009

    The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, H.E. Ms. Angell-Hansen, today deposited the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, with the International Labour Organization on behalf of her Government. Norway is the first European country to ratify the Convention.

  2. Panama Ratifies ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    06 February 2009

    The Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, HE Mr. Juan Alberto Castillero, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 with the International Labour Organization. Panama, the largest flag State in the world, with nearly 25 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet flying its flag, is the fourth major shipping country in the world to ratify the Convention, adopted by the 94th International Labour Conference (Maritime) in Geneva in February 2006.


  1. Maritime Labour Convention: Setting sail for a decent future

    10 September 2008

    When the ILO adopted the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 in February 2006, Director-General Juan Somavia called it “making labour history” for the world’s more than 1.2 million seafarers. Two years on, the MLC has been ratified by three key flag states representing nearly 20 per cent of the world’s gross tonnage with many more ratifications and industry agreements already under way. A five-year ILO action plan designed to achieve entry into force by 2011 is moving forward this month with two key tripartite experts’ meetings to adopt guidelines for flag State inspections and port State control officers. The ILO reports from the “City of London”, where the MLC is already being put to the test.

  2. Indonesia ratifies ILO Convention n°185 on Seafarers’ identity documents

    16 July 2008

    The Government of Indonesia today handed over the instrument of ratification of the Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention (Revised), 2003 (No. 185) of the International Labour Organization.

  3. Bahamas ratifies major new ILO Maritime Labour Convention

    12 February 2008

    The Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas today handed over its instrument of ratification of the historic Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

  4. Strengthening security on the high seas and in world ports: ILO Convention on seafarers’ ID card gains new momentum

    25 January 2008

    A growing number of countries have already ratified the ILO's Seafarers' Identity Documents Convention No.185 adopted in 2003 or will do so in the near future. The international Convention came into force in February 2005 and creates the first globally applicable system of biometric identification for secure identity documents for the estimated 1.2 million seafarers in the world.


  1. Denmark: Port State Control

    19 January 2006

    Long before talk of globalization, seafarers lived and worked in a globalized world, with working conditions subject to 60 different labour conventions and recommendations. The International Labour Organisation has now brought all the different rules and regulations together under one maritime labour convention. ILO TV goes on board a North Sea oil tanker in Denmark to check that all is ship-shape.